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Board Highlights for April 3, 2017
Board Highlights for April 3, 2017
Posted on 04/06/2017
Board Highlights for April 3, 2017

Board Highlights for April 3, 2017


District Highlights

On March 28, 2017 the Puyallup School District held the day’s largest municipal bond sale in the nation, selling $181,225,000 of tax-exempt bonds with an interest rate of 3.35 percent. To open the District Highlights portion of the school board meeting, Chief Communications and Arts Officer Brian Fox reminded directors of the significance of that day. With bond proceeds exceeding $200 million, this event demonstrated the strength of the district’s financial standing. Seven bidders showed interest in purchasing the bonds, with JP Morgan as the winner.

Next, Fox used photos taken at the Celtic Highland Festival held on Saturday, April 1 at the Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts to provide directors with a glimpse of that day’s events. Beginning with a photo of Director Pat Donovan playing bagpipes, the images included dancers, musicians, and heavy athletic competitors. For more information about this event, visit the Karshner Center webpage.

Several students from the Rogers High School Architecture,ACE students Construction, and Engineering (ACE) class were presented to directors, along with their teacher, Jon Cerio. Students recently won first place at the 2017 CTE Showcase of Skills.

Each year, the Washington State Workforce Training andEducation Coordinating Board hosts a competition among schools in which students demonstrate their skills at a day-long competition event. This year, the event project was to build “tiny house” shelters for the homeless. The final portion of the several-week build took place on the Capitol Campus in Olympia on Monday, March 27. Twenty-five schools competed

These students initially earned a $2,500 grant in order to qualify for the competition. They submitted explanations on their view of the local homeless situation and explained how they would like to make a difference by building a tiny home.

Finished shelters from the competition will provide transitional homeless housing after they are moved to Licton Springs on Aurora Avenue in Seattle. In addition to winningRHS Tiny House first place in the competition, the Rogers team was also selected to provide the keynote student speeches at the event.

Directors congratulated each student with a hand shake and appreciation for their efforts to respond to the homeless population.

Finally, Fox read a proclamation for the directors to consider as an action item. The proclamation declares April 17 – 21, 2017 as Public School Volunteer Week.

Action Taken

In regular business, the board took action on the following items:

-          -  The designation of April 17 – 21, 2017 as Public School Volunteer Week.

-          -  The recommendation to contract with Graduation Alliance, a vendor assisting school districts with dropout recovery efforts as presented by Dr. Vince Pecchia, chief instructional leadership officer.

-          -  Approval of the Value Analysis Studies for the following bond projects: Firgrove Elementary, Northwood Elementary, the New Elementary on South Hill.

-          -  Approval of demolishing the current Firgrove Elementary School building in the summer of 2020.

-          -  Approval of the option of selling the Firgrove Elementary annex building to the South Hill Historical Society or any interested group at full market value by March 2020 or demolish the building and use some of the bricks to create a historical monument at the new Firgrove school.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Annual Plan

Maija Thiel, director of instructional leadership, career and technical education presented directors with records, information, and fiscal documentation related to the CTE department. Information analyzed and compiled into the annual report consists of the following:

-          -  Advisory Information

-          -  Department and Pathway Goals

-          -  Staff Professional Development

-          -  Student Certification Information

-          -  Student Leadership Activity

To read the District-wide Evaluation and Annual Program Plan visit the PSD website: Department of Career and Technical Education Annual Plan 2015-2016.

February 2017 Financial Statements

Laura MarcoeLaura Marcoe, director of business services presented directors with financial statements for the district’s General Fund, Capital Projects Fund, Debt Service Fund, Associated Student Body Fund, Transportation Vehicle Fund, and the Private Purpose Trust Fund.

Marcoe noted that February marks the half way point of the fiscal year and reported general fund operating budget status in revenues as 47.62 percent and expenditures at 44.21 percent.

In February, PSD received and paid for four 21-passenger and seven 84-passenger Thomas Built buses replacing several lost in the fire last fall.

Fifteen years of clean audits

Marcoe also presented directors with a report from the State Auditor’s office. In compliance with state law, the financial and federal compliance records of the Puyallup School District are subject to annual audits by the State Auditor. The Financial Statement and Federal Single Audits for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2016 have been completed.

Marcoe explained that there were no reportable conditions, meaning the school district has received clean audit opinions on all state required reports. This clean audit marks the fifteenth consecutive year of clean audit reports for the Puyallup School District.

Human Resources

The HR report approved by the school board can be found at the following website: Human Resources Department Activity Memo for April 3, 2017.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the PSD Board of Directors is Monday, May 1, 2017 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Edgemont Junior High, 2300 – 110th Ave. E, Edgewood, 98372.